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Nifty Nuptials

Nifty Nuptials is a specialist company, and we love what we do. It’s who we are. As a team working side by side we aspire for the designed life style: a place where work, life and inspiration are all equal and integrated organically.

Our goal is to create work that is honest, solutions that are exploratory, touching and inspirational, material that is conceptually interesting and professional. We operate with the belief that process and collaboration should be as exciting and fun as the end result.  Fiona, our registered officiant is designated by the South African Department of Home Affairs, designation number CU119.

Let’s work together! Drop us an email  or give us a call to get started!

Fiona Bowden (nee Briggs) (CU119), founder of Nifty Nuptials, lives  in Ballito on the North Coast of Natal in South Africa, where she worked as a Spiritual Counsellor before turning her energies toward a stronger calling - that of Marriage Officiant, Civil Celebrant.

About Us A team that loves to create

Having developed her counselling skills through various techniques both locally and internationally, she spent 12 years  building up a reputation as a sympathetic counsellor with a regular, dedicated international and varied clientele.  She regularly consulted to highly influential people, entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, celebrities amongst others, assisting them with key decisions and providing advice on  steps they could take to enhance their lives on every level.  

She has specialised in holistic brain training, motivational speaking, marriage guidance, trauma counselling, goal setting and spiritual awareness.  She has travelled extensively across the globe, on invitation,  running workshops,  retreats, delivering talks and conducting private consultations. She is a frequent keynote and guest speaker for private and corporate events and, coming from a more Spiritual than Religious angle, she has always had the ability to find the spiritual in any natural situation and is accepting of all faiths and combinations thereof.     As a Celebrant, Fiona is friendly, professional, positive, humorous and very able, performing all types of ceremonies with class and presence.  She has a true servant’s heart, and serving others on the most important day of their lives is something she considers to be a great blessing.  

She has spoken in auditoriums, ballrooms, conference rooms, gymnasiums and living rooms, amongst others. She has worked with last minute schedule changes, venue changes, blackouts, AV glitches, AC glitches, you name it. She has managed audiences that were enthusiastic, tired, drunk, cynical and hungry.   Fiona has an uncanny ability to connect with people from all walks of life.  With her many years and thousands of weddings, ceremonies and speeches of experience, you know you can feel confident in her ability to do a great job, no matter what the circumstances.

She says, “Joining in marriage two people who are truly in love is the best job I could ever have. I love being part of that special moment when they first say, ‘I do.’ It makes my heart smile!  Uniting a couple in marriage is an experience that I cherish, and when I say those magic words, ‘husband and wife,’ I know that I have been witness to a most intimate moment on the threshold of this new couples’ lives together. My favourite part of the wedding ceremony is when the Bride enters the room and the Groom sees her for the first time. That unspoken interaction and look of love is what makes it all worthwhile. Knowing that I had a part in bringing them together in marriage thrills and humbles me. There is no greater joy than seeing two souls united in sacred marriage. Nothing is more powerful and spiritual than this union.”

Naturally empathetic, Fiona’s sincerity and warmth will leave you feeling uplifted, empowered and very special.

Our Mission

A professional team delivering creative solutions by creating and conducting Masterpiece Ceremonies for memories that last a lifetime.  We aim to bring freshness and uniqueness to every ceremony we conduct and to inspire moments of optimism and happiness... To create value and make a difference and to inspire creativity, passion, fun and dignity where needed.

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Admin, support & logistics

Our admin, support & logistics staff are indispensable and play important roles behind the scenes.  

Without them our wheels would not turn as smoothly as they do.


Exceptionally creative and detail oriented Make Up Artist for all occasions. With more than 13 years experience and a background in preparing performers for stage, photography shoots, fashion shows, music videos and film appearances. Ashton graduated with a level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make Up. She has done make up for many Brides as well as Magazines, Fashion Shows, Films, Photo Shoots and Music Videos.  Ashton has a passion for Make Up and strongly believes in rendering high standards and professional service.  Why not let Ashton make you the fairy-tale bride you’ve always dreamed of being?

In-house Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist

  See Ashton’s gallery here https://www.makeupartistashton.com/music


Fiona Bowden is registered under the Civil Union Act.  Should you choose to make use of her services, you are hereby informed that you will be married under the Civil Union Act. If you are not familiar with it, in a nutshell, the Civil Union Act, 2006 (Act No. 17 of 2006) allows for a civil union partnership or marriage to be contracted under the act by a same-sex or opposite-sex couple, and they may choose to form it either as a marriage or as a civil partnership. Whichever is chosen, the legal consequences of a civil union are the same as those of a marriage under the Marriage Act. Any reference to marriage in any law is deemed to include a civil union, and any reference to a husband, wife or spouse is deemed to include a spouse or partner in a civil union.  Although couples married under this act are afforded all rights provided under the marriage act, note that a same-sex CU may not be recognised in some countries. It is your responsibility to ascertain the laws for any country you may be residing in after your marriage.  Persons entering into a Civil Union Marriage MUST be 18 years and over.  A copy of the Civil Union Act can be downloaded here.

Ashton Gray